Talbot Rice Gallery
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The public gallery for the University of Edinburgh's art collection.
Established in 1975, the gallery is based in the historic Old College, designed by Robert Adam and completed by William Henry Playfair.
It comprises three distinct exhibition spaces; a white-cube gallery devoted to contemporary art, a Georgian gallery hosting temporary shows, and an experimental project space that nutures emerging talent. The Georgian gallery is particularly notable – not only for its resplendent interior – but because it was in this room where the young Charles Darwin (a medical student at the university in the 1820s) honed his passion for Natural History.
Hundreds of thousands of objects have been collected over the university’s 400 year history, with the aim of providing education and inspiration for students, staff, researchers and the public. Its art holding is 8,000 items strong, with its examples of sculpture spanning from 1st century Gandharan fragments, to 16th century Italian Renaissance bronzes and contemporary pieces.